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Women's College World Series: Breaking down each team

Here’s a closer look at each of the teams that will compete in the 2014 WCWS.
By Cody Stavenhagen Published: May 27, 2014
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photo - Teammates celebrate Lauren Chamberlain's second home run as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game three of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Teammates celebrate Lauren Chamberlain's second home run as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game three of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

OREGON

No. 1 seed, 54-7-1 overall, 20-3-1 Pac-12

Coach: Mike White (fifth season)

Ranking: No. 1

Notable: Oregon won its second straight Pac-12 title with a school-record 20 conference wins. … UO is 5-0 in the postseason with a 40-6 combined score. … Third baseman Courtney Ceo leads the nation with a .492 batting average. … Cheridan Hawkins set a school record with 313 strikeouts.

Key stat: .349. The Ducks’ team batting average is 20 points higher than any other season in school history.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

3B; Courtney Ceo; Sr.; .492; 5; 35

DP; Alyssa Gillespie; So.; .376; 3; 28

LF; Janie Takeda; Jr.; .395; 1; 38

C; Janelle Lindvall; So.; .368; 13; 51

CF; Koral Costa; So.; .357; 9; 33

RF; Alexa Peterson; Sr.; .367; 7; 60

1B; Kailee Cuico; Sr.; .299; 13; 53

2B; Karine Shaver; So.; .241; 2; 16

SS; Nikki Udria; Fr.; .317; 3; 39

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Cheridan Hawkins; So.; 33-4; 1.55; 0.90; 313

Karissa Hovinga; Jr.; 17-2; 1.91; 1.20; 87

Jasmine Smithson-Willett; So.; 4-1; 2.88; 1.38; 44

ALABAMA

No. 2 seed, 50-11 overall, 19-5 SEC

Coach: Patrick Murphy (16th season)

Ranking: No. 5

Notable: Second baseman Kailia Hunt has 57 career home runs, three shy of the Alabama record. … Pitcher Jaclyn Traina earned SEC Pitcher of the Year Honors and has a 22-3 record. … Murphy is one of 16 active Division I coaches with at least 800 wins. … Alabama is the only school in the country to play in every Super Regional since the round’s inception in 2005.

Key stat: .462. Batting average of Haylie McCleney, who was a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

CF; Haylie McCleney; So.; .451; 9; 41

LF; Kallie Case; So.; .340; 2; 23

2B; Kaila Hunt; Sr.; .323; 11; 40

RF; Jadyn Spencer; Jr.; .342; 12; 47

C; Molly Fichtner; Sr.; .354; 3; 34

1B; Leona Lafaele; So.; .283; 6; 35

DP; Marisa Runyon; Fr.; .333; 5; 16

SS; Danae Hays; Jr.; .265; 7; 28

3B; Peyton Grantham; Fr.; .232; 4; 18

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Jaclyn Traina; Sr.; 23-3; 2.02; 1.08; 182;

Leslie Jury; Jr.; 16-6; 2.83; 1.50; 96

Sydney Littlejohn; Fr.; 11-2; 1.58; 1.03; 63

FLORIDA

No. 5 seed, 50-12 overall, 15-9 SEC

Coach: Tm Walton (ninth season)

Ranking: No. 6

Notable: The Gators are on pace to break team records for on-base percentage (.442), stolen-base percentage (.887) and fewest errors (36). … Lauren Haegar is tied for sixth nationally with 20 home runs. … Kelsey Stewart’s .405 career average is the best in school history. … Florida is making its sixth WCWS appearance in the past seven years.

Key stat: .978. The Gators’ fielding percentage, which is the third best in the nation.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

2B Kelsey Stewart; So.; .435; 7; 55;

3B Stephanie Tofft; Sr.; .346; 10; 59

DP Lauren Haeger; Jr.; .312; 20; 66

LF; Briana Little; Jr.; .326; 5; 24

RF; Bailey Castro; Jr.; .265; 7; 26

CF; Kirsti Merritt; So.; .289; 11; 47

1B; Taylor Schwarz; So.; .292; 8; 36

C; Aubree Munro; So.; .278; 2; 22

SS; Katie Medina; Jr.; .235; 1; 11

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Hannah Rogers; Sr.; 26-8; 1.68; 1.03; 154;

Lauren Haeger; Jr.; 10-3; 1.69; 0.86; 68

Delanie Gourley Fr.; 14-1; 2.72; 1.19; 125

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

No. 6 seed, 49-8-1 overall, 19-1-0 Sun Belt

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